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Men can’t stop ‘mansplaining’ things to women — even when the woman is an astronaut

By WITW Staff on September 17, 2016

No matter how qualified a woman may be to talk about a subject, it appears that men simply can’t resist “mansplaining” things to them. Just last week, when NASA astronaut Jessica Meir tweeted about entering the “space equivalent zone, where water spontaneously boils,” a man whose Twitter bio said that he once went to space camp stepped in to correct her. “Wouldn’t say it’s spontaneous. The pressure in the room got below the vapor pressure of the water at room temp. Simple thermo,” he mansplained.

The incident arose just a month after astrophysicist Katherine J. Mack was told by a climate change denier to “learn some actual SCIENCE” after she tweeted her concern about the damage caused by climate change. Mack, however, had the perfect response.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump also joined in on the fun last week when he ‘corrected’ former aviation operations specialist and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rachel Fredericks, who suffers from PTSD, after she asked him what he would do to stop “20 veterans a day from killing themselves.” Trump, determined to demonstrate his intellectual superiority, said, “Actually it was 22,” citing statistics less up to date than Fredericks’.

Underlying this tendency of ill-informed men falsely correcting women, argue critics, are the same stereotypes about women’s inferiority in intellectual and professional situations that lead to women being less frequently promoted or hired for certain jobs. Similar complaints have recently been revealed from leaked emails from Apple employees — and even Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she’s had to deal with clients who insisted on directing their questions to her male colleagues.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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